NCAA women's basketball tournament bracket released

UVa junior Adam Haseley

UVa junior Adam Haseley

The Blue Devils became the first five seed to win the ACC tournament, which draws a parallel with the 2010-11 UConn Huskies run to win the championship. That's all one needs to say about the Bulldogs, who are for real.

The Blue Devils earned an at-large invitation to the tournament after compiling a 27-5 overall record and a 13-3 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Pick no seed lower than a No. 12 in the first round: Stay away from the No. 16 seeds; they are 0-128 since 1985.

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Let's look at what's left.

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams applauds his team's performance during the second half against Clemson on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. UNC won, 89-86, in overtime. Coach K also established a new record for ACC Tournament wins in Brooklyn, running his total to 61. This year the top 10 total efficiency ratings, in order, are Gonzaga, Villanova, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Louisville, Virginia, Wichita State, Florida and Kansas. This year's field has multiple championship caliber teams, but one team stands out from the rest: The University of North Carolina. The Tar Heels have seven losses and Duke has eight, but no one is playing better right now than Duke. In the East, the selection committee did Villanova no favors by setting up a possible second-round game with UW, an underseeded No. 8. Many people say Kennard is Duke's best player, but it's the two of them combined with Allen that makes this team risky. Villanova goes down early. There are two teams who play completely different styles and it will be fun to see which style can pull out the win. Nevertheless, the undervalued Virginia squad has been deemed inconsistent according to our numbers.

We'll see Jacksonville State and Troy this year, though neither has a good draw. In February, they lost by 14 to the lowly Pitt Panthers, and they were crushed by Georgia Tech in January, losing by 22.

This has been a most unusual season for Duke in many ways - the injuries, the up-and-down play, the slow emergence of Harry Giles - but the team seems to be confident, still improving and ready to go.

Ladies and gentlemen, that's inconsistency. LaSalle and Tennessee would end up in the Sweet 16 while VCU would get all the way to the Final Four. If "good" Florida State shows up, watch out. That was two years after he was also part of an opening-round win over defending champion UCLA in coach Pete Carril's last season with the Tigers. He shoots.799 percent from the field and increased his scoring from just 3.5 points last year to 12.1 this year.

The Blue Devils were last selected to the East Region in 2009. The ACC was the toughest conference in college basketball this season, and added the most teams to the tournament.

There are 67 games to be played over the next three weeks to determine the next national champion, a magical time known as the NCAA Tournament.

In other words, West Virginia's inconsistency isn't necessarily a bad thing here.

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